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Nobel Laureate visits Princes Hill


Professor Peter Doherty recently visited PHSC to speak to the 9E Science class on the topic of the Immune System. Peter was the 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine and the 1997 Australian of the Year. He is pictured above with grandson Finn.


Princes Hill Secondary College Writing Competition

And the winners are …….

The annual Princes Hill Secondary College writing competition has had record entries this year.  A huge thank you to our guest judge Jane Pearson who was delighted at the creative talent we have at the school. Thank- you to all the entrants, the prizes will be allocated a little differently this year. There were only a few entries at the 9-12 level so it was decided to have the winners on merit rather than year level. The junior levels have tremendous enthusiasm and have contributed some incredible work. Well Done!

Congratulations to all the winning entrants and please collect your Readings Voucher from the school Library. If you didn’t enter, make sure you write something for next year.

Overall Winner

Congratulations to Aaron Tong


Georgia Kellett, Lilli Lenffer, Riley Guerin, Charlie Gill, Alexandra Burns, Kirsten Gurtler, Eve Dixon-Cannon


125 years of PHSC


Captain John Harry Fletcher MC (Military Cross), Lieutenant Joseph Lindley Scales MM, DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and Captain John Austin Mahony MC, all of the 24th Battalion, photographed in 1918.

John Austin Mahony and John Harry Fletcher were best friends. They met staying at the same boarding house in Northcote, followed each other's football careers and on March 3, 1915, joined the army together. Fletcher trained as a teacher and taught at Princes Hill State School prior to enlisting. They had consecutive army serial numbers: Mahony 1056 and Fletcher 1057. They sailed to war on the troopship Euripides in May 1915, and fought together with the 24th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force. They survived the blackest days of Gallipoli, where Fletcher was wounded, Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in July to September 1916 when 23,000 of their countrymen died; they both won the Military Cross for bravery on the same day in October 1916; they survived Bapaume, Bullecourt, Menin Road and Polygon Wood in 1917 and both were promoted to the rank of captain. And they were perhaps 200m apart, at dawn on October 5, 1918 when they led their men on one last attack. Despite the knowledge that they were due to be relieved by American troops the following day, the Australian Second Division were sent into the last Australian action of the war to capture the little town of Montbrehain. Soon after 10am, Fletcher was killed by a shell that exploded nearby. An hour later, Mahoney was shot through the temple as he selected positions for machinegun posts. He died of wounds four days later. The final Australian action was a victory, but it cost 400 soldiers and 30 officers. The armistice to end "the war to end all wars" came 36 days later. 
The names of Fletcher and Mahony appear with others on a monument to local fallen soldiers in Royal Parade near Melbourne University (below)          Harry Fletcher's name appears on the Roll of honor at PHSC and he is buried in Montbrehain. His grave site is shown below.




2015 Booklists

Click here for the 2015 Booklists



2014 End of Year Program

All Year 7 and 8 students will participate in the “End of Year Program” during the week commencing Monday 15th December. Students can select from a range of activities run by the school over this period. The program includes some fun activities such as Ten pin Bowling, Swimming, IMAX, Museum, Bike Rides, etc.

Students need to click on the following link to review the program activities for the week and submit preferences. Students will need to log in using their school log in details. Preferences should be submitted by Friday 28th November.

2014 End of Year Program

For questions or further information, please contact John Goodman, Assistant Principal.


Vietnam Tour 2015: Year 11 students take note


An educational and cultural tour is being organized for Year 11 students to Vietnam in 2015. In previous years this trip has proven a stunning success, with students enthusiastically reporting high levels of learning as well as achieving a genuine sense of cultural understanding, not to mention the challenges of crawling through Vietcong tunnels, exploring fabulous caves and trekking through the mountains!

Tailored for students undertaking such subjects as Global Politics and Twentieth Century History, the camp will be available to all Year 11 students as it affords a unique opportunity to be immersed in a cultural and historical experience that intersects with courses run across other levels at PHSC.

The fully guided tour will provide an opportunity to extend students’ understanding of one of our nearest and more important neighbours as well as to examine such forces as migration and people movement, trade and globalization, the impact of global conflicts, the role of the United Nations and Australian foreign policies. We also hope to form an ongoing relationship with a locally based International Aid organization. An itinerary is being finalized and it is envisaged it will include guided tours of such places as the French inspired capital of Hanoi, magical Hoi An, and the buzzing commercial centre of Ho Ch Minh City(Saigon). Treking in the renowned Sapa region and home stays with local hill tribe families is anticipated along with visits to the fabulous Chu Chi underground tunnel complex, museums, temples, palaces, a cooking class,  and a cruise with an overnight  ‘Junk’  on the stunning Halong Bay. The expected cost for a 15 day tour will be in the order of $3600 fully inclusive of airfares, taxes, meals, accommodation, entry fees, guides, cruises, visas, insurance etc. This price is an estimate at this stage as flights and accommodation have not been finalized and costs will fluctuate according to the Australian dollar until full payment has been made.  The earlier we are able to secure the flights the better price we are likely to achieve.

The dates are being finalized and will be programmed for the middle part of the year so as to minimize disruption to studies.

 Full details will be provided early next. Any inquiries please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call on 93890600.

A graduated system of payment will be established and a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is required by the end of November to secure a place. Final payments will be required midterm 1 of 2015.

Grant McMurdo Vietnam tour organiser


Italy Study Tour 2014


On September 11 twenty three very excited year 9 and 10 students departed from Melbourne airport to spend three glorious weeks in breathtakingly beautiful Italy. After three days in the eternal city of Rome where most of the ancient sites were visited, many gladiators were photographed and countless gelati were consumed, we retired to the quieter and idyllic village of Mondavio (Le Marche region). Each morning students attended language classes.  At the ‘liceo scientifico’ in Fano our students delighted their Italian peers with a presentation (in Italian) on life in Australia.  Afternoons and weekends were spent discovering the medieval and renaissance cities of Urbino, Ferrara, Bologna, San Marino and Venezia. Un viaggio indimenticabile!

Careers Information

Attention all parents and guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Please click here to access all the powerpoints from the Transition Information Evenings and also VTAC and tertiary entrance information for Year 12.
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